Grimm Chronicles Volume 1 Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway

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About the Authors
Ken Brosky received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He also teaches English at Madison College. This is his first Young Adult series.

Isabella Fontaine owns a farm in Wisconsin and enjoys reading weird books like House of Leaves. This is her first Young Adult series.

Guest post: The Importance of Role Models by Ken Brosky

I’m often amazed at how many Young Adult novels don’t consider the fact that their characters might be held up as models by the readers. It seems to basic. Think back to when you were a kid. Think about the books you read. Did you ever idolize any of the characters in those books? I certainly did. Not only was I reading books by Roald Dahl, I was also reading books with female leads like the Ramona series.

I’m not entirely sure why I chose such a wide variety of books, but I can say without a doubt that they influenced how I behaved.

Right now, we’re in a renaissance of sorts with Young Adult novels. They’re being gobbled up by voracious readers, both young and not-so-young. But what kinds of role models are appearing in these books? More importantly, how can writers provide role models in their books without being too preachy and still maintaining a good story?

I would recommend giving the main character of your stories at least one positive attribute. Let that attribute guide the main character. Sure, the main character can still stumble, still fail and still get sidetracked. But by giving the main character some quality that the reader can emulate, Young Adult authors will have an opportunity to be a source of inspiration.

Case in point: The Grimm Chronicles. We’ve designed a couple of rules for our main character, Alice. One of them is that Alice absolutely will not use violence against fellow human beings as a means to an end. There are no easy ways out for her. She’s not allowed to go “above and beyond the law” like so many of our action movie heroes do nowadays. The message we’re trying to send to readers is that, contrary to what we see on TV and in movies, there are alternatives to violence. Solutions that work without the necessity of harming another human being.

That doesn’t mean Alice is perfect. Nor are the solutions always right in front of her face. She screws up sometimes, and that’s OK. Because at the end of the day, she holds strong to her values. She’s complex, but she doesn’t fall into the tired cliche of punching her way out of every situation regardless of the real-world consequences.

YA is a fantastic genre, and by creating characters who are more complex and responsible than what people are used to seeing on TV and in movies, we can leave a lasting positive impression on our readers.

The Grimm Chronicles

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world. Literally. Now the characters of the Grimms’ stories walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.

For 18-year-old Alice Goodenough, that means taking precious time off from her summer vacation. In addition to volunteering at the local library, Alice must stop the Corrupted who are now actively hunting her down. With the help of her magic pen and her trusty rabbit friend, the world has suddenly gotten a lot more complex. The Corrupted are everywhere, and only Alice can see them for what they truly are.

This book contains the first 3 episodes of the critically acclaimed series
Episode 1: Prince Charming Must Die!
Episode 2: Happily Never After
Episode 3: Revenge of the Castle Cats

Additional features for this special edition:
– An introduction
– Two special “Lost Diaries”
– A behind-the-scenes interview
– A collection of original Grimms’ Fairy Tales

The Grimm Chronicles is intended for Young Adults aged 13 and up. The goal is to provide Young Adult readers with a strong, charismatic young woman in the role of the hero and provide readers with a positive protagonist who uses her brain to overcome obstacles life throws in her way.

Also Available Volume 2 of the Grimm Chronicles

Book 4: The Orphanage of Doom
Book 5: Blood and Thunder
Book 6: The Order of the Golden Dragon

Praise

“5 stars!” ~ Bookies Book Blog

“Highly recommended for all who love fairy tales and the YA genre.” ~ My Cozie Corner

“All in all the books were excellent.” ~ LilyElement

“If you love fairy tales and them being turned into modern day stories you will love these short stories.” ~ Mom With a Kindle

5 stars (out of 5) ~ I Am, Indeed

“Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky’s incredible talent for storytelling takes the reader on an amazing action-packed ride fueled by endless creativity and limitless imagination. TGC is like a high-stakes version of Harold and the Purple Crayon meets a contemporary, above ground Alice in Wonderland. “ ~ Bookfetish

“I absolutely loved this book! No, let me rephrase that, I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK! Nope, that doesn’t even do it justice. Vol. 1 has the first three stories from the 12 that will ultimately make up the chronicles.” ~ Jesse Kimmel-Freeman

Purchase:

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5 Kindle ebook copies of The Grimm Chronicles Volume 1
Ends 3/15/13

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Volume 1 Tour Schedule

February 25th
Cover2CoverBlog – Review
Inside BJ’s Head – Review
Bunny’s Review – Spotlight
Peace from Pieces – Interview

February 26th
Free Ebook Daily – Guest Post
Spellbindings – Review
Living a Goddess Life – Spotlight

February 27th
Fade Into Fantasy – Interview
Frankie Blooding’s Bookshelf – Spotlight
Pika Pages – Interview
The Crafty Book Nerd – Review

February 28th
Curling Up with a Good Book – Interview
Fictitious Musings – Review & Guest Post
Bookshelf – Review & Interview
Writer Mike – Spotlight

March 1st
My Not So Vacant Shelf – Review
My Devotional Thoughts – Review & Tens List
Books and their Worldly Realm – Spotlight
An Avid Reader’s Musings – Tens List

March 2nd
Read to My Heart’s Content – Review
Vonnie’s Reading Corner – Review
Sher A Hart: Writing Art – Review

March 3rd
Moosubi Reviews – Review & Tens List
Mythical Books – Review
Magical Manuscripts – Review & Tens List

March 4th
Oh, The Books You’ll Read! – Review
Bookworm Lisa – Review
A Little Shelf of Heaven – Review & Interview
Indie Author How-to – Spotlight

March 5th
Fae Books – Spotlight
The LUV’NV – Review
Ciska’s Book Chest – Review
Living, Learning, and Loving Life – Spotlight

March 6th
Proud Book Nerd – Review
Christy’s Cozy Corner – Review
Gobs & Gobs of Books – Spotlight

March 7th
Into the Mystic – Review & Guest Post
Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews – Review & Character Interview
Brooke Blogs – Review
From the Bootheel Cotton Patch – Spotlight

March 8th
Auggie-talk – Review
Why Not? Because I Said So!! – Review
The Muse Unleashed – Review